Only one of the Dodgers’ first 13 draft picks had yet to sign a contract as of Friday. That loose end appears to be tied up after Vanderbilt pitcher Jordan Sheffield, the Dodgers’ compensation round pick (36th overall) posted this photo to his Instagram account Saturday:
The Dodgers officially signed three more of their draft picks, left-handed pitcher Devin Smeltzer (fifth round), right-handed pitcher A.J. Alexy (11th round) and right-handed pitcher Joel Toribio (34th round).
Smeltzer receives a $500,000 bonus, which is over the recommended bonus ($331,100) for the 161st overall pick.
Alexy reportedly signed for $600,000, which is effectively over the slot value, though MLB does not officially assign one for slots in the 11th round or later.
The Dodgers have signed 26 of their 42 picks, including 12 of the first 13.
The Dodgers have signed their 13th-round draft pick, University of Oklahoma outfielder Cody Thomas, per Thomas’ Instagram account:
The Dodgers are believed to have reached agreements with 23 of their 42 draft picks, including 11 of their first 12.
Pitcher Bailey Ober, the Dodgers’ 23rd-round draft pick, will return to the College of Charleston for his redshirt junior season.
Ober, a 2016 All-CAA second team selection, underwent Tommy John surgery in 2015 and returned to lead the CofC pitching staff with 96 strikeouts in 97 innings in 2016. The Charlotte, N.C., native is 17-7 with a 2.47 ERA in his career at College of Charleston. The Dodgers selected him with the 701st overall pick in the 23rd round.
“I am thankful to the Dodgers organization for selecting me,” Ober said. “However, I have two years of eligibility left and want to help lead the Cougars to Omaha and hopefully improve my position in the draft.”
The Dodgers are believed to have come to an agreement with 22 of their 42 draft picks.
Add two more names to the Dodgers’ organizational ranks: Louisville catcher Will Smith and University of Maryland Baltimore College shortstop Kevin Lachance. Smith was the Dodgers’ second round pick and Lachance the Dodgers’ 10th-round pick in last week’s amateur draft.
The Dodgers are believed to have reach agreements with all but one of their first 10 draft picks, Vanderbilt pitcher Jordan Sheffield, who was taken with the 36th overall pick. They’ve signed 22 of their 42 picks overall.